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  • Date:26 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Firhill Stadium
  • Attendance:2,887

Live Commentary

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

91:06 +1.06

Ross Forbes takes the free kick.

90:16 +0.16

Marley Watkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Sinclair.


Shot by James Craigen missed to the left of goal.


Corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line.


Stephen O'Donnell sends in a cross.


Stuart Bannigan takes a shot. Dean Brill catches the ball.


Corner taken by Ross Forbes from the left by-line.


John Baird sends in a cross.


Dean Brill takes the free kick.


Foul by Kris Doolan on Gary Warren, free kick awarded.


(Partick) makes a substitution, with John Baird coming on for Steven Lawless.


Conrad Balatoni restarts play with the free kick.


Gary Warren challenges Kris Doolan unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.


Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross Forbes.


Christie Elliot takes the chance to get an effort at goal.


Corner taken by Aaron Doran from the left by-line.


(Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Ben Greenhalgh coming on for Nick Ross.


Caution for Danny Williams.


Danny Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Lawless.


The ball is delivered by Ross Forbes.


(Partick) makes a substitution, with Ross Forbes coming on for Kallum Higginbotham.


Dean Brill takes the free kick.


Foul by Kallum Higginbotham on Marley Watkins, free kick awarded.


Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Tremarco by Christie Elliot.


Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot and cleared the net.


Free kick taken by James Craigen.


Foul by Josh Meekings on Steven Lawless, free kick awarded.


The referee blows for offside against Kris Doolan.


Centre by Stephen O'Donnell.


Scott Fox restarts play with the free kick.


Ross Draper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham.


Aaron Doran produces a cross.


Clearance made by Gabriel Piccolo.

The referee gets the second half started.


Stephen O'Donnell on for Jordan McMillan.

The match has reached half-time.


Kallum Higginbotham restarts play with the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Steven Lawless by Josh Meekings results in a free kick.


Booking for Christie Elliot.


Nick Ross fouled by Christie Elliot, the ref awards a free kick.


Free kick taken by Josh Meekings.


Christie Elliot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Tremarco.


Free kick taken by Conrad Balatoni.


Nick Ross challenges Aaron Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.


Gary Warren restarts play with the free kick.


Kallum Higginbotham concedes a free kick for a foul on Graeme Shinnie.


Shot by Kris Doolan went over the bar.


Corner taken by Aaron Doran.


Clearance made by Conrad Balatoni.


Corner taken by Carl Tremarco from the right by-line.


Billy McKay takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Fox parries the effort to safety.


Stuart Bannigan crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham by Graeme Shinnie.


Kallum Higginbotham has an effort at goal. Dean Brill parries the ball away.


Stuart Bannigan restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Tremarco on Jordan McMillan.


Free kick taken by James Craigen.


Steven Lawless fouled by Gary Warren, the ref awards a free kick.


The ball is sent over by Graeme Shinnie.


Kallum Higginbotham restarts play with the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Christie Elliot by Ross Draper results in a free kick.


Free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.


Kallum Higginbotham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Draper.


Scott Fox restarts play with the free kick.


Gary Warren concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Piccolo.


Billy McKay is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

Match Preview

Bannigan: Home win will come Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan is convinced their elusive first Scottish Premiership home victory will come if they keep playing the way they have done. Thistle have picked up most of their points on the road this season but they have two chances this week to claim victory at Firhill when they host Inverness on Boxing Day and Motherwell on Sunday. Bannigan said: "Everybody is talking about it and we get asked about this every single week. We need to do it and get the monkey off our back. "The players don't really think about it when we go out on the pitch, we just go into it game by game. "I'm happy with the way the team are playing just now. We are all young boys trying to play the game the right way. We go into each game looking to win." Thistle have dominated games against the likes of Kilmarnock and Hearts at home and not picked up full points. "It's got to come," Bannigan said. "There have been quite a few games this season where we have probably played the better in and had the better chances but we have not taken them. "But that's part of this league, teams can punish you for one mistake." A similar scenario unfolded at Rugby Park on Saturday when Thistle missed a number of chances as they fell to a 2-1 defeat which saw Kilmarnock jump above them in the league table. A six-game run without a league win - since the last time they played Inverness - has seen them drop to 10th but Bannigan believes there are many positives to take from their return to the top flight. The Scotland Under-21 international said: "There have only been a couple of times when we have been convincingly beaten. All the other games we have competed well. So we have to take positives from that. And there are a lot of points to play for in the coming weeks." Left-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair could miss the Boxing Day clash with a knock. But fellow full-back Stephen O'Donnell returns to the squad following a hip injury. Isaac Osbourne (ankle) and Sean Welsh (groin) remain out while Gary Fraser is still suspended. Inverness manager John Hughes believes his team's over-eagerness was their only major fault during his first defeat as manager. Caley Thistle are looking to bounce back from defeat to Aberdeen when they face Partick Thistle at Firhill on Boxing Day. But they already began that process when they pushed the Dons all the way after hitting three second-half goals in their 4-3 defeat. And Hughes felt the players were only the victims of their own desperation to get back in the game when they conceded four goals in little over 20 first-half minutes. "Their only crime was they tried too hard once we went a goal down," Hughes said. "Aberdeen scored against the run of play and once they did that, give credit where it's due, Aberdeen were clinical, but we lost our shape because we were chasing the game. "If that's our worst crime, it's not the worst thing in the world. It tells you they have got character. "Once we got them in at half-time and settled them down a bit and gave them some instructions, they were a lot better. They restored a lot of pride. "They are an honest bunch, even when it's blowing a gale outside, the effort and commitment and quality, all credit to them. They put everything into it." One lasting fall-out from the defeat was a shoulder injury for skipper Richie Foran. The midfielder will definitely miss the festive period and further tests are required to determine how long the Irishman will be out for. "He will be out for a couple of weeks anyway," Hughes said. "We are just hoping it's not worst-case scenario and it needs an operation. We will know when we get it scanned. "Hopefully it won't be worst-case scenario and we get him back sooner rather than later. "He has a real massive part to play at this club. He is very, very good in the dressing room, he plays a real captain's part on the pitch and off the pitch. "I really feel for him and Richie will probably tell you himself he is probably his own worst enemy. He was in a position where he shouldn't really be - challenging in the box - but I don't think you can take that out of Richie. He's combative, he is all over the place and he wants to win."

Formation:4231Manager: Alan Archibald


Formation: 4231Manager: John Hughes

Inverness CT

  • Scott Fox
  • Jordan McMillan
  • Gabriel Piccolo
  • Conrad Balatoni
  • Aaron Sinclair
  • James Craigen
  • Stuart Bannigan
  • Steven Lawless
  • Kallum Higginbotham
  • Christie Elliot
  • Kris Doolan
  • SUBS
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Aaron Muirhead
  • Ross Forbes
  • Paul Gallacher
  • John Baird
  • Mark Kerr
  • David Wilson



Match Report

Form Guide

  • Partick
  • VS
  • Inverness CT

Last Meetings

  • Inverness CT
  • 1 - 2
  • Partick
  • 20/10/2013

Top Scorers


  • K Doolan 7
  • S Lawless 2
  • R Forbes 1
  • K Higginbotham 1

Inverness CT

  • B McKay 14
  • R Foran 4
  • A Doran 3
  • G Shinnie 2
  • G Warren 1



    • Total goals 41
    • Goals per game 14
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Inverness CT

    • Total goals 53
    • Goals per game 26
  • 5 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins